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Steve Evans reacts to reports claiming Leeds will move for Luciano Becchio

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Leeds United have not made contact with Luciano Becchio.

Leeds United have been linked with making a move for former striker Luciano Beccho since the appointment of Steve Evans as manager, but he has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that there has been no contact between Leeds and the 86-goal forward.

Evans said: “I’ve had no contact with Luciano so the rumours about him are news to me. I had a great relationship with him at Rotherham and he’s a terrific lad but I’ve not spoken to him for about 12 months now. If he’s in Leeds, whatever the reason, I’d be very happy to catch up with him for a coffee but only for a coffee.”

There have been no concrete reports suggesting that Leeds would be looking to bring in Becchio on a free transfer in the coming weeks, but since Evans’ appointment, the former striker has been linked.

He scored 86 goals during his time at Elland Road, and also played under Evans at Rotherham, but he is currently without a club after having his contract with Argentine side Belgrano terminated.

The 31-year-old is currently out injured, and although he is back in fitness training by himself, he is not expected to be ready to play for quite a while yet.

Leeds need to add goals to their team, but rather than signing a player who will not be ready to play for a number of weeks, Evans needs to look for someone who can have an instant impact at Elland Road, and immediately help send the Whites up the Championship table.

The links to Becchio appear to be nostalgia talking, as although he was impressive during his time with Leeds, he is not what the Yorkshire club need now.

A striker is needed, but Becchio may not be a good fit for that role, and Evans has confirmed that the rumours about Leeds moving for their former star are at present just that.

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